Michael Gorelik

Michael is Morphisec’s VP R&D and chief bad guy researcher. Michael holds Bsc and Msc degrees from the Computer Science department at Ben-Gurion University,focusing on Low Level Synchronization in different OS architectures.
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Morphisec Discovers New Fileless Attack Framework

Posted by Michael Gorelik on Mar 16, 2017 7:55:00 PM

Morphisec Discovers New Fileless Attack Framework

Ties Single Threat Actor Group to Multiple Campaigns, Interacts with Hacker.

On the 8th of March, Morphisec researchers began investigating a new fileless threat delivered via a macro-enabled Word document, which was attached to a phishing email sent to targeted high-profile enterprises. During the course of the investigation, we uncovered a sophisticated fileless attack framework that appears to be connected to various recent, much discussed attack campaigns.

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Topics: Attacks, cybersecurity, Attack Analysis, fileless attacks

New Wave of Cerber Ransomware Sweeps the Globe – Can’t Surge Past Morphisec

Posted by Michael Gorelik on Feb 22, 2017 10:41:31 AM

Cerber ransomware is one of the most sophisticated and popular ransomware families, attacking victims across the globe. Additional popular ransomware families in the cybercriminal’s arsenal include Locky (Osiris), Spora, Shade and several others.

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Topics: Ransomware, Cerber

New Wave of Fileless Kovter Backdoor Trojan Attacks Via “Targeted” Macro-Based Malspam Campaign

Posted by Michael Gorelik on Oct 22, 2016 11:31:27 PM

UPDATED POST  - NOW WITH DETAILED TECHNICAL ANALYSIS!

During October 17 to 21, Morphisec identified and prevented several malicious and sophisticated macro-based documents at the site of one of our customers delivering a fileless Kovter backdoor Trojan attack. This and similar attacks illustrate the troubling trend that macro-based malspam campaigns are attacking enterprises with modified evasion techniques now on a weekly basis. With antivirus products updating their signatures within 3-7 days of the detection of an attack, the window of opportunity is big enough for cybercriminals to score.

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Topics: Endpoint Security, cybersecurity, Kovter, Attack Analysis

Morphisec Prevents Major Malspam Campaign - Again

Posted by Michael Gorelik on Oct 13, 2016 11:11:24 PM

Morphisec Prevents Major Malspam campaign - Again

In our report at the beginning of September about a large-scale malspam campaign discovered and stopped by Morphisec, we pointed out the central role that malware spam plays for hackers and the difficulties signature-based and behavioral security products can have in coping with them in real-time.

During October 10-12, 2016, Morphisec stopped yet another malspam campaign that again showed an extremely low detection rate on VirusTotal.

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Topics: Endpoint Security, Ransomware, cybersecurity, Attack Analysis

New Locky – Zepto Variant Prevented by Morphisec

Posted by Michael Gorelik on Sep 16, 2016 8:45:28 PM

New Locky – Zepto variant prevented by Morphisec! Ransomware with modified Eval mechanism evades all other security solutions.

Since Locky’s discovery in February 2016, it has emerged as one of the most prevalent and devastating ransomware threats of 2016. Over the last two months, ransomware in general has evolved greatly in delivery technique complexity, with Locky among the most insidious. 

In particular, Locky moved to the Zepto variant, executing from dll and not an executable, started using quant loader, and added more evasion techniques to its arsenal. 

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Topics: Endpoint Security, Ransomware, cybersecurity, Attack Analysis

New Malspam Campaign Discovered and Prevented by Morphisec

Posted by Michael Gorelik on Sep 9, 2016 12:13:18 AM

Spam is still the preferred attack vector for cyber criminals and malware spam campaigns continue to increase. According to the Symantec Internet Threat Report, 1 in 220 emails in 2015 contained malware. While this figure may seem low, consider that over 100 billion emails are sent daily and the scale of the problem becomes clear. In this type of mass attack, attackers use botnets to send emails that include malicious links or attached files with user-activated macros that download and execute malware. Attachments can be disguised as fake invoices, office documents, or other files. Malicious links may direct the user to a compromised website using a web attack toolkit to drop something malicious onto their computer. These attacks are extremely cheap and easy to commit and are commonly perpetrated not only on individuals, but also on companies. 

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Topics: Endpoint Security, cybersecurity, Attack Analysis

Protect Your Company against Exploit Kits with Moving Target Defense

Posted by Michael Gorelik on Jul 12, 2016 12:10:54 PM

There are kits for everything these days: beer brewing, engine tuning, and, yes, hacking. Hacking's “exploit kits” (EKs)—toolkits with packaged exploit codes—let almost anyone become a digital intruder, from the guy down the hall to the nation-state operator oceans away. I'm going to share some key areas you need to be aware of when preparing for an EK-driven attack.

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Topics: Exploits, Endpoint Security, Exploit Kit

The King is Dead, Long live the King: Angler May Have Disappeared but Neutrino Quickly Fills In

Posted by Michael Gorelik on Jul 6, 2016 5:11:36 PM

Angler Hangs Up Its Pole

Back in April, more than 80% of drive by download attacks were attributed to Angler. Now? Nearly zero. Speculation abounds regarding its disappearance earlier this month. A vacation by Angler operators? Black market price wars? But the close timing to the roundup in Russia of 50 criminals associated with the Lurk banking Trojan attacks seems the most likely culprit. In this case, Angler may be off the table for good. Unfortunately, Angler’s apparent demise didn’t slow down cyber criminals for long; they simply switched to Neutrino.

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Topics: Attack Analysis

Dridex is Back with a Vengeance. Adding More Evasion Techniques to its Arsenal.

Posted by Michael Gorelik on Jul 2, 2016 8:29:11 PM

The disappearance of Angler has left a gaping hole in the malware market which cybercriminals are only to happy to fill with new variants of old standbys. The latest to reemerge after a period of disuse are Locky and Dridex. A new Locky campaign spotted in the wild on June 20 is analyzed by Pierluigi Paganini on the Security Affairs site. Now a bigger and badder Dridex has reappeared, with more sophisticated evasion tactics, including a new sandbox evasion technique.

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Topics: Exploits, Exploit Kit, Sandbox evasion, Attack Analysis

Less is More (Dangerous): A Dissection of Fileless In-Memory Attacks

Posted by Michael Gorelik on Jun 13, 2016 8:58:34 PM

With fileless malware popping up more and more frequently, particularly sophisticated PowerShell attacks, we thought it useful to examine these threats by reverse engineering those in-memory samples from Virus Total that have the lowest detection rates.

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Topics: Exploits, Attacks, Advanced Persistent Threats, APT, Attack Analysis

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